We moved to Iceland in January to work remotely, and there’s a lot about it that feels like we’re living in the future. It’s an easy transition for Americans. Cars drive on the right side, English is spoken by enough folks in enough places, but the dominant language is still Icelandic, so it still feels like a foreign country. English is spoken, but rarely written – store signs are almost always in Icelandic, which presents a bit of a problem during the pandemic. I often find myself standing at a door, looking at a sign with a big wall of…Read
When Erika & I started planning our move to Iceland last year, COVID-19 was by far and away the big motivation. We didn’t expect to be eligible for a vaccine in California anytime soon, so we wanted to socially distance somewhere for a while. Iceland’s a great place to socially distance because they have a low population density, great Internet connectivity (so I could keep working), and the government seemed to be taking COVID-19 pretty seriously right from the get-go. The government runs twice-weekly briefings. They’re very open about what challenges they’re facing and what solutions they’re considering. @Iceland_Review live-tweets…Read
When started planning to move to Iceland for a while, we had to decide what to drive – and we picked it out long before we got here. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Brent Ozar (@brento) If we were just staying in the capital city Reykjavik, we’d just rent a normal small car. However, we’re staying in a rental house in the countryside in the north of Iceland, and we’re staying during the winter. Even the long dirt driveway has hills that would challenge a regular small car. Our neighbor plows our driveway out with a…Read
In Iceland, a kennitala is the equivalent of a US Social Security Number. It’s a personal identification number, and everybody’s got one. Kennitalas are required all over the place – getting a cell phone plan, opening a bank account, getting car insurance, even registering a TV for its warranty. An electronic ID builds atop that: it’s like a country-wide single-sign-on system that lets you authenticate for stuff and sign contracts. Apply for a kennitala before you fly to Iceland. You’re going to want to start this process at least a week before you arrive in Iceland if you wanna hit…Read
View this post on Instagram A post shared by Brent Ozar (@brento) We made it into Iceland today with our brand new Icelandic teleworker visas! We wanted to move to Iceland for a while for a few reasons: they’re doing such an excellent job of controlling COVID-19, life is going on normally (bars & restaurants & museums are open), they have phenomenal internet connectivity (gig fiber everywhere), and it’s just a beautiful place to visit year-round. As Americans, if we want to get into Iceland, we have a few choices: Just drop in as a tourist for 90 days –…Read
@brentozar #iceland #travel #glacier #ocean ♬ Landslide (Live on PBS in Boston 2004) – Fleetwood Mac Erika and I first visited Iceland for SQL Saturday 2019, and returned again in 2020. We had such a good time and loved the place so much that we started making plans to go for longer and longer periods of time. In mid-2020, we realized that the coronavirus situation was going to get a lot worse before it got better. I decided not to do any in-person client engagements or conferences until we could both be vaccinated, and that wasn’t going to come around…Read
Hello from Iceland! For March 2020, Erika and I scheduled a month-long road trip to slowly drive around Iceland’s Ring Road. If you wanna follow along, I’m posting stuff on TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Several folks have asked me, “Brent, with all the coronavirus stuff going on, why don’t you fly home?” I’ve scribbled out short answers a few times, but I figured I should probably post the full version for posterity here. I’m writing this on Monday, March 16th, and of course the situation is super-fluid, but I’m mostly interested in being able to go back and see what my thought process…Read
Hi. I’m Brent.
I live in Iceland with my wife Erika. I'm on an epic life quest to have fun and make a difference.
I co-founded Brent Ozar Unlimited to help make your SQL Server go faster. I also maintain sp_Blitz® and the open source First Responder Kit repo.